Caring for the environment

ExxonMobil's care for the environment.

Environmental Projects

The environmental projects are part of the Environmental Licensing process conducted by IBAMA and aim to coordinate the control and mitigation actions that will be carried out to minimize the operational environmental impacts, in addition to contributing to the conservation of the environment in the Area of Influence of the activity.

ExxonMobil considers the risks that may occur at each stage of development of its activities and works continuously to predict and manage environmental impacts. To avoid and reduce the impacts of our activities, we will develop a series of projects, under approval by IBAMA, in the licensing process of exploration activity for the Sergipe-Alagoas blocks. The purpose of these projects is to coordinate actions to control and reduce the environmental impacts of our operations, by monitoring their activities, in addition to contributing to the conservation of the environment.

Environmental Monitoring Project


With the PMA, we will constantly monitor any eventual environmental changes related to exploratory drilling. To carry out these follow-ups, we will proceed as follows:

  • Verification of the ocean floor around each well to be drilled, before and after the drilling activity, to identify the possible presence of corals; and
  • Observation of marine animals (birds, turtles, whales and dolphins) in the vicinity of the activity, to monitor and evaluate any behavioral changes.

Pollution Control Project


With The Pollution Control Project, we will seek to manage at sources of pollution caused by the exploration activity. Gaseous emissions, effluents and solid waste (sewage, food scraps, oily water, oil-soiled materials, etc.) will be monitored from generation until final destination, avoiding causing environmental damage. This project follows the determinations of IBAMA defined in Technical Note 01/11. Among the activities to be carried out are:

  • Selective collection in the maritime units and in the support bases;
  • Control, documentation and monitoring of all gases, waste and effluents generated; and
  • Storage, collection, transport and shipment of all the landed waste to companies specialized in treatment and final disposal.

Social Communication Project


This project aims to create an ExxonMobil communication channel with the communities that may be impacted by the activity. To this end, we will maintain channels of dialogue with interested parties such as fisher folk, institutions that represent fisher folk, representatives of public bodies, community leaders and representatives of civil society organizations present in the area of influence of our drilling activities, in order to keep everyone informed about the actions. In addition, the safety area around the drilling unit will be monitored in order to ensure the safety of the operation and the fisher folk.

The activities related to this project are:

  • Contact with all existing stakeholders in the Area of Influence;
  • Disclosure of the main characteristics and the start and end of the activity, along its stages, and of the communication channels with the interested parties;
  • Monitoring the safety area of the drill unit to register fishing vessels that are sailing or fishing within that region, and, if necessary, intervene with them; and
  • Registration and referral of incidents related to fishing and / or damage claims.

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Environmental Education Project for Workers


Under the Worker Environmental Education Project, actions are developed targeting all personnel involved in exploration activities. Our goal is to promote knowledge, attitudes, interests and skills that contribute to the preservation of the environment. These activities will be carried out through workshops/meetings with all workers, seeking to foster debate and exchange experiences on environmental issues.

Exotic Species Prevention and Control Project


To prevent the arrival of species not belonging to the local environment in which ExxonMobil's activities are carried out, we have prepared prevention and control actions on support vessels and on the drilling unit to prevent the invasion of foreign organisms that do not belong to the region, with a focus on sun coral, such as:

  • Monitoring and inspection of vessels and drilling unit, in order to guarantee the absence of invasive species, before the start, during and after the end of the activity.

Project for Monitoring the Impacts of Platforms and Vessels on AVIFAUNA


This project establishes procedures for registration and emergency assistance, when necessary, of sea birds that may be attracted by the drill ship and / or land birds that can be taken to the drilling unit by support vessels. For this, the following actions will be carried out:

  • Registration (by filling in forms) of the occurrence of birds on the drill ship (groups or weakened, injured or dead individuals);
  • When necessary, handling the birds (chase away, capture and assistance on board, or collection, transport and assistance on land). Occurrences which generate risk to the operational safety of the drilling activity, risk of death for the bird(s), or when the species found on the drill ship faces threat of extinction are considered urgent.

Fluid and Gravel Monitoring Project


Define measures to control and monitor the use and correct disposal of the products used to assist the maritime drilling of wells and the disposal of the generated gravel in this activity.

The activities that will be developed in this project are:

  • Training of the team involved, with the specific information of the well to be drilled, of the analyzes to be made in each phase of the well and of the prohibition of disposal at sea;
  • Preparation of the necessary material for the collection of samples, sending of samples for laboratory analysis, verification of results and preparation of reports.

Drilling Activity Waste Management Plan


This project defines measures for the correct destination of the wastes from offshore well drilling (wastes of the products used in the drilling and cuttings generated), which cannot be disposed of at sea.

The activities that will be developed in this project are:

  • Documentation control and monitoring of all drilling waste generated.
  • Storage, collection, transport and shipment of all drilling waste to companies specialized in treatment and final disposal, on land.

Environmental Compensation Plan

This Plan provides IBAMA with all the necessary information on the impacts of the activity, based on the studies carried out, for the calculation of the fee to be paid by the entrepreneur as a form of environmental compensation. As provided by law (Federal Law No. 9,985 / 2000), the amount paid must be applied towards the implementation or maintenance of a conservation unit to be defined by IBAMA.

Complementary Environmental Project for the Biotic Environment

The objective of this project is to improve existing knowledge about the presence of coral-sun and its potential impact on natural habitats close to the coastal region of the states of Sergipe and Alagoas, through field research along with the use of new environmental genomic techniques. As a result of the project, it is expected to contribute to the expansion of knowledge about reef environments.

  • Study of the latest scientific publications and government technical reports on sun coral;
  • Detect the presence of sun coral and identify potential impacts caused by its presence in the coastal zone of the Sergipe-Alagoas basin through an in-situ survey;
  • Collection of water samples during field survey to detect the presence of eDNA from the sun coral.